26. Those who swell up fires of the sectarian sedition
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The author accuses organizations owned by expatriate Copts in the West, as well as civil societies in Egypt, of provoking sectarian sedition in the country, giving them an opportunity to call for finance for their activities.
Fahmī Huwaydī criticizes the Egyptian governmental press for lacking transparency and bending under the pressures of the regime. He refers to media coverage of the recent events of Muslim-Christian sectarian clashes in Alexandria as a case in point.
Allegations in Alexandria resulted in Christians and Muslims throwing stones and bottles at each other. Christian scholar Muná Makram ‘Ubayd sees under-representation of Copts in political functions as the main reason to expect an escalation in the crisis between state and church Youssef Sidhom advocates a united law for houses of worship.
Since the issue of the Ottoman decree known as the Hamayouni law in 1856 that concerns the building of churches, Christians have disagreed on whether this law is a blessing or a curse. The building of churches at that time equated mosque building with church building on condition that approval is received from the Sultan.